The Profession of Faith
“The flesh is the hinge of salvation” (Tertullian,
8, 2: PL 2, 852). We believe in God who is creator of the
flesh; we believe in the Word made flesh in order to
redeem the flesh; we believe in the resurrection of the
flesh, the fulfillment of both the creation and the re-
demption of the flesh.
By death the soul is separated from the body, but in
the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our
body, transformed by reunion with our soul. Just as
Christ is risen and lives for ever, so all of us will rise at
the last day.
“We believe in the true resurrection of this flesh that
we now possess” (Council of Lyons II: DS 854). We
sow a corruptible body in the tomb, but he raises up
an incorruptible body, a “spiritual body” (cf.
As a consequence of original sin, man must suffer
“bodily death, from which man would have been
immune had he not sinned” (
Jesus, the Son of God, freely suffered death for us in
complete and free submission to the will of God, his
Father. By his death he has conquered death, and so
opened the possibility of salvation to all men.